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(Freese Notis) -- Weekend rainfall and forecasts for continued favorable weather coming up kept pressure on corn and soybean prices overnight.

Significant about weekend weather was the development of rainfall in a pocket of the northwestern Corn Belt that had missed that rain through early Friday morning. Sioux Falls picked up close to two inches of rain through Sunday morning with a couple of rain events, with Worthington, MN picking up over two inches. That "dry pocket" then got filled in even more late yesterday and overnight as significant rains fell right along the Nebraska/South Dakota border.

This has been quite a stretch of wet weather for a lot of places in the northwestern Corn Belt; seven stations that I track in that area have had at least two inches of rain since last Wednesday, with another four stations recording over three inches. Eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois were seeing strong thunderstorms move through early on this Monday morning (storms that left behind a lot of wind damage in the Interstate 80 corridor of Iowa; there was an unofficial report of 100 mile per hour winds to the northwest of Des Moines near the town of Dawson).

Rains will be most prevalent in the south-central Corn Belt during the next couple of days, certainly beneficial there given that very little rain has fallen in that area over the past week and it has been hot (99 at St. Louis yesterday, and something similar may be seen today).

A northwest-to-southeast moving rain system is forecast to impact the Midwest later this week as well.

Temperatures for this work-week, especially after today, look cool for eastern parts of the region with highs no better than the 80s or even 70s. Heat that was expected to encroach on the far western/northwestern Corn Belt for late this week looks very muted, and the outlook for next week does not look to feature big heat either.

Overall it is a forecast for the Corn Belt that looks favorable for the rest of this month, so it looks like we will be able to pollinate the bulk of the 2008 corn crop with favorable soil moisture and without extreme heat. That's a notable accomplishment, given how long the pollination season is this year (given the extended period of planting seen back in the spring).